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Recent letter carrier deaths

Former Branch 1100 Vice President Kevin McMillan

Kevin McMillan died on Aug. 16. Brother McMillan started his Postal Service career in 1980 in Anaheim, CA. He was a member of Garden Grove, CA Branch 1100 and served the union in several capacities throughout his career.

McMillan was a shop steward and an area steward, representing five stations with approximately 300 letter carriers. From 1996-2003 he served as vice president of Branch 1100, and from 2003-2008 he served as the branch’s director of safety and injury compensation.

He is survived by his three children Aaron, Ryan and Courtney, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was 65.

Branch 6000 shop steward William Burrows

William Burrows died after he was struck by a vehicle on Oct. 12.  Brother Burrows started as a letter carrier in 1999. He was a member of Long Island, NY Branch 6000 and had served as a shop steward since 2015.

Burrows is survived by his three daughters Brittani, Kaitlyn and Michaela. He was 68.

Former Branch 8 President Jon Vance 

Jon Vance died on Sept. 12. Brother Vance carried the mail for 36 years until he retired in 2017.

Vance was a member of Lincoln, NE Branch 8 and served as branch president for 12 years.

He is survived by his wife Pam, his sons Jesse, Vance and Christopher, and two grandchildren. He was 73.

Branch 11 activist Joseph Brown 

Joseph Brown died on Oct. 15. Brother Brown was a gold card member of Chicago, IL Branch 11. He carried the mail for 44 years until his retirement in 2014.

Throughout his career and into retirement, Brown served Branch 11 in several capacities including as the former director of retirees. He attended a union meeting just two days before his death. He was 77.

On-duty death

Raelene Butkovich was found unresponsive in her LLV on Oct. 7. She was transferred to the hospital where she later died. Sister Butkovich was a new letter carrier who started with the Postal Service this year. She was a member of Utica, MI Branch 4374. Butkovich is survived by her father, two siblings and several nieces and nephews. She was 64.

Off-duty death

Czsar Lewis was the victim of a suspected homicide on Oct. 2. Brother Lewis was a member of Albany, NY Branch 29 and started his career with the Postal Service in June. He is survived by his mother Connie and his brothers Nicholas and Chad. He was 26. 

“NALC mourns the losses of these members,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We appreciate their service and we send our deepest sympathies to their families, friends and colleagues.”